School Options


You have options!

Families living in the Nashville metropolitan area have more than 160 public schools available to them in their neighborhoods and nearby communities.

体育投注Metro Schools offer a wide variety of unique academic programs, supports, and extracurricular activities in locations that span the city so that every student has access to the tools they need to be successful. And, our Metro Nashville Public Schools have the infrastructure and resources to offer a wide variety of programs for your student.

You may spend significant time researching to find the right school, or the right programs for your child, and we are here to help. Partnering with you and your family, we strive to provide your child with the educational experience they need in order to graduate prepared to be successful in college, the professional world, and in life.

Updated March 27 - Optional schools deadline extended to april 3

The School Options acceptance deadline has been extended for one week to Friday, April 3, 2020.  

体育投注Online acceptances will be accepted through the parent portal until 11:59 pm on April 3, 2020.  Please go her to log in and accept your child’s seat . 

If you are unable to accept your child’s position online, please contact the Family Information Center at 615-259-4636 for further assistance.

All seats not accepted by the deadline will be declined by the system. If you have any difficulties, please feel free to email our office at schooloptions@defenseorders.com

11th and 12th grade results will be posted April 3.


Important Dates:

  • Tour Tuesdays will begin January 14, 2020

  • 体育投注The school choice process will begin in January 27, 2020

  • The deadline to apply for the random selection process is Feb. 14, 2020

Download the Optional Schools Calendar for 2020-21 for important dates, deadline and details.

If you have any questions please feel free to email schooloptions@defenseorders.com.


New to the District or Switching Schools Now?

We are accepting the 2019-20 Optional Schools application from students who are new to MNPS or currently enrolled in an MNPS school but would like to apply to a charter school that participates in the optional school application process.

  • 体育投注Families must complete a 2019-20 Optional School application and either mail it in, or hand deliver the paper form, to the MNPS Family information center upon completion.

  • To download the application form, visit our Apply page


Testing Requirement changes

The testing requirement was altered in 2017-2018 to allow students multiple opportunities to meet testing requirements. This change was made due to significant changes in the Tennessee academic standards and the introduction of new district assessments that provide national normative data. Parents will be given a report indicating whether their child met the testing requirement. This report will include all relevant test scores.

  • Meigs Middle School (grades 5-8)

  • M. L. King Junior High School (grades 7-12)

  • Hume-Fogg High School (grades 9-12)

  • Early College Program at Middle College High School (grade 9-12)


Step 1

体育投注Your first step is to explore your options. One of the most important decisions families make is where they send their children to school. With Metro Schools, our families have the choice of sending their children to neighborhood schools or other schools throughout the district. Living in the Nashville area, you have a wealth of resources at your fingertips, so it is very important that you be educated about those resources before you make any big decisions.

体育投注Click the “Explore Your Options” button for more information about the Metro Schools that will be accepting external applications. We encourage you to spend time perusing this list and visiting schools you may be interested in before making a decision.


Step 2

体育投注You are searching for the school that will be the perfect fit for your child. Once you have narrowed your search to just a handful of schools, we strongly recommend that you schedule visits to these schools so you can evaluate them in-person. This will give you a valuable opportunity to explore the facets of each school, ask questions and experience the school and classrooms for yourself.

For more information on school visits, follow the School Tours link below.


Step 3

Once you know where you’d like your child to go to school, submit an application.

Read the Apply page体育投注 for important information and/or use the Apply to a School button below to access the online application.

The application process for the 2020-2021 school year is open from January 27 to Feb. 14.